DVD WATCH: TCM GREATEST CLASSIC FILMS COLLECTION: SCI-FI ADVENTURE

Astronaut Hugh Marlowe doesn’t think to ask futuristic cutie Nancy Gates how they could be standing in a cheap set from the 1960’s “Star Trek” series when they are in 1956. Could time travel be the answer? Or simply redundantly cheap art direction? The answers won’t be found in the silly time warp/space drama “World Without End”.

Includes: “Them!” (1954) Starring James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, James Arness, Joan Weldon, Onslow Stevens, Sean McClory, Fess Parker. Directed by Gordon Douglas. B/W. 92 minutes, full frame, Language: english, Subtitles: english, french, spanish, portugese, japanese.

“The Beast from 20.000 Fathoms” (1953) Starring Paul Christian, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Lee Van Cleef. Directed by Eugene Lourie. B/W. 79 minutes, full frame, Languages: english, french; Subtitles:english, french, spanish.

“World Without End” (1956) Starring Hugh Marlowe, Nancy Gates, Rod Taylor, Nelson Leigh, Shawn Smith, Lisa Montell. Directed by Edward Bernds. Color. 80 minutes, Widescreen, Language: English.

“Satellite in the Sky”(1956) Starring Kieron Moore, Lois Maxwell, Bryan Forbes, Donald Wolfit. Directed by Paul Dickson. Color. 84 minutes, Widescreen, Language: english; Subtitles: english, french.

 Special Features in this set include: for “Them!”- a photo gallery, original trailer, cast listing, outtakes and production footage and notes on major giant bug films; for “The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms”- a video featurettes and a gallery of film trailers.

     This two DVD set featuring a pair of films on each disc, is promisingly presented under the characteristically modest heading of TCM’s GREATEST CLASSIC MOVIES Collection. One might immediately ask what constitutes a “Classic” movie as much as what designates a “Greatest” of the “Classic” films, but one will hardly be enriched with insight to tackle such an inquiry on the basis of this four film collection under the useful category of SCI-FI ADVENTURE (A vulgarism despised by many science fiction or speculative writers who prefer the more appropriate and proper designation of SF.) which include two traditionally well regarded 1950’s thrillers and two others which could most charitable referred to as garbage. Greatest Classics indeed.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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